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Feb 27, 2023

Legendary Boston sports photographer Steve Babineau ("Behind the Lens: The World Hockey Association 50 Years Later") joins the pod this week to discuss his new, lovingly-curated collection of largely never-before-seen images of the colorful 1970s challenger hockey league that helped kick-start a life-long love for photography - and a 50+ year career behind the lens shooting some of the game's biggest stars.
A teenaged "Babs" was there at the old Boston Gardens on October 12, 1972, when the inaugural puck was dropped in the history of the New England Whalers (vs. the Philadelphia Blazers, on the second-ever day of WHA action) - unwittingly capturing some of the very first images of the revolutionary circuit that would ultimately give minor-league journeymen, NHL elder statesmen and even fledgling junior hockey phenoms (like a 17-year-old wunderkind named Wayne Gretzky) a chance to not only play, but creatively thrive.
And that guy Gretzky?  Well, we'll let Babs tell you that story!
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RUN (DON'T WALK) TO GET Steve's book (co-authored with Brian Codagnone) "Behind the Lens: The World Hockey Association 50 Years Later" from ECW Press NOW!